We don’t know about you, but VIP Towers is constantly lusting over the dewy skin, flawless make-up and Cara Delevingne-worthy brows of Ireland’s elite models. With every insta pic posted, we have just one question: HOW do they do it? And more importantly…. HOW can we be total copy-cats and do the same thing?
Well, we decided to catch up with former Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Contestant Holly Carpenter to ask her to spill her top beauty secrets. We got chatting to the Andrea Roche star at the launch of the Make My Magnum Experience in Arnotts, where she was sporting a fab tan, having just returned from hols in Bulgaria with best friend, and fellow model, Thalia Heffernan.
Here’s Holly’s top 3 tips on how to look gorge:
A strong brow
Where might Holly get her brows perfected? It’s all D.I.Y, she says! “People always ask where I get my eyebrows done, but I do them myself at home! You can buy really good eyelash tint in Boots and I just use that then on my brows.”
Her fave brands? Colorsport have a large range of long-lasting make up products that Holly is a big fan of. “It’s great value, I only have to buy their stuff twice a year so you get really good use out them.”
She continued: “I think it’s stupid to pay to get your eyebrows done everytime, because you’re cleansing them and it comes off quickly so it’s not realistic to keep going and paying for it.”
The brunette added that she opts for threading rather than waxing, which she also likes to do at home “once a week”.
People always ask where I get my eyebrows done, but I do them myself at home!
“I really like making my own facemasks!” Holly admits. She recommends visiting sites dedicated to making your own recipes, advising to simply Google ‘hydrating face masks’.
“I love making them, I think it’s so much fun. I have a lot of products that I love, like I absolutely love Glam Glow and Trilogy, but this feels so much more natural which is nice.”
Holly’s top makeup tip? “I always put my primer and foundation on, but I don’t go straight to my contour. I do my eyes first because, although it may sound obvious, you need to let your foundation set. I think some girls put their foundation on and start contouring straight away, and everything starts to move which creates a patchy look.
“I think foundation needs at least ten minutes before you start doing anything to it.”
It may sound obvious, but you need to let your foundation set.
And how does she contour? “I use the Crown Brush palette,” she tells us. “I especially use it when I’m tanned. At the moment I’m not wearing any false tan as I was away, so I like to use cream contour when I’m a little more brown.
“For bronzer, I use Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, I’ve found it to be the best one.”